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B.    Accomplishments

Thirty proposals were funded under new priorities announced by the Secretary
in June, 1983. The Secretary gave priority to projects which could sub-
stiantiate that employers would employ at least 50 percent of trainees for
new grantees and 65 percent of trainees for previous grantees. If the tribe
plans to employ graduates, similar assurances are required.

C.    Costs, Benefits, and Effectiveness

Trainees: An estimated 1,800 Indian trainees in 18 States are enrolled in
vocational programs in the first year of operation of the 30 new grants.
Training is offered in a wide range of occupations including public adminis-
tration and business management, welding, clerical work, auto mechanics,
appliance repairs, heavy-equipment operation, road building, construction,
agriculture, carpentry and plumbing, bookkeeping, and computer programming.
(E.I)

Costs: Costs vary widely from the smallest grant of $45,429 to the largest
grant of $556,099. The enrollment varies from 12 to 300 students. Some
programs carry a high per-pupil cost because of the type of equipment
needed and the isolation of the location. High-cost programs include
computer programming and heavy-equipment operation.

Effectiveness: Data Indicate that placement rates for programs designed
for immediate trainee placement are about 50 percent. The target popula-
tion served by these programs has a history of disadvantagement and high
unemployment; however, program staff report that placement rates have
been slowly increasing (E.2).

D.    Plans for Program Improvement and Recommendations forLegislation
Increasing job placement continues as the program priority.3/

E.    Supporting Studies and Analyses Cited in Section C Above.

1.    Project    Summary:      Program for Indian Tribes and Indian Organizations.
June 1984.

2.    An Assessment of Vocational Education Programs for Indian Tribes and
Organizations.Communications  Technology   Corporation,November  1980.

III.    RESPONSE TO GEPA 417(b)

No further   studies   related   to   this  program   are   currently   in   progress.

Contact for further Information:

Program operations:    Harvey Thiel,  (202) 245-2774

Program studies:    Dorothy Shuler, (202) 245-8364r further information